Professors prove NZ gender inequality and it’s a BIGI

A recently published peer-reviewed research paper argues that the Global Gender Gap Index, one of the best-known measures of national gender inequality and used by both academics and policy makers, has a number of problems. The authors thus introduce a simpler measure of national levels of gender inequality: the Basic Indicator of Gender Inequality (BIGI).

The researchers argue BIGI is fairer to both men and women and presents a simplified, but more accurate, picture of people’s wellbeing as it focusses on three key factors: educational opportunities, healthy life expectancy and overall life satisfaction. quote.

Professor Gijsbert Stoet, from the Department of Psychology at Essex, explained: ?No existing measure of gender inequality fully captures the hardships that are disproportionately experienced by men in many countries and so they do not fully capture the extent to which any specific country is promoting the wellbeing of all its citizens.

?The BIGI provides a much simpler way of tackling gender inequality and it focuses on aspects of life that are directly relevant to all people. Used alongside other existing indicators, it provides additional and different information to give a more complete assessment of gender equality, making it easier for policy-makers to introduce changes to improve the quality of life for both men and women.

?We?re not saying that women in highly developed countries are not experiencing disadvantages in some aspects of their lives. What we are saying is that an ideal measure of gender equality is not biased to the disadvantages of either gender.

Doing so, we find a different picture to the one commonly presented in the media.”

Until now the Global Gender Gap Index, introduced in 2006, has been one of the most established and well-used measures of national gender inequality, used by academics and policy makers across the world

But Professor Stoet argues it does not measure issues where men are at a disadvantage, such as harsher punishments for the same crime, compulsory military service and more occupational deaths. He says the complexity of the Global Gender Gap Index also means it is sometimes difficult to distinguish whether gender differences are the result of social inequalities or personal preference.

Professor David Geary, from the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri in the United States, said: ?We sought to correct the bias towards women?s issues within existing measures and at the same time develop a simple measure that is useful in any country in the world, regardless of their level of economic development.?

Using the BIGI measure, researchers found the most developed countries in the world come closest to achieving equality, albeit with a slight advantage for women. In the least developed countries, women nearly always fall behind men ? largely because they have fewer opportunities to get a good education. The picture is more mixed in countries with medium-levels of development, with nearly the same number of countries where women fall behind, as countries where men fall behind. Men?s disadvantage is largely due to a shorter healthy lifespan.

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BIGI focuses on three fundamental ingredients of a good life:

  1. Healthy life expectancy (years expected living in good health)
  2. Basic education (literacy, and years of primary and secondary education)
  3. Life satisfaction

A female:male ratio is determined for each of these factors (adjusted so perfect equality gives a value of 0); the BIGI is the average of the three ratios. A BIGI of 0 means a good balance among these three, but it does not necessarily mean that the society is doing well for its citizens, as men and women could be equally poorly off. You can have perfect gender equality in a completely dysfunctional society.

To deal with this issue, they calculated the?Average Absolute Deviation from Gender Parity?(AADP). This AADP score uses the average of the absolute values of the three ratios (health, education, and healthy life expectancy). In an absolute value, the sign (positive or negative) is ignored, so each such value is the same irrespective of which gender is doing better.

So how did NZ fare among the 134 countries the researchers evaluated?

A BIGI score of zero would mean no gender bias. NZ came in at -0.017086, meaning a 1.7% bias in favour of women, ranking NZ 32nd in the world.

However, when ranking is by AADP, we jump to 5th place.

So according to these researchers we are doing pretty well with just a small gender imbalance. To improve our situation, as is the case for other very highly developed nations, focussing on men?s health would make the biggest difference.

Women are better off than men in New Zealand.

Published paper, peer reviewed, settled science!

Stick that in your victimhood pyramid.

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